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Re: Proposal: new border setting in psql

From: Greg Smith <gsmith(at)gregsmith(dot)com>
To: "D'Arcy J(dot)M(dot) Cain" <darcy(at)druid(dot)net>
Cc: Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com>, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, bruce(at)momjian(dot)us, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Proposal: new border setting in psql
Date: 2009-01-08 18:37:01
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On Thu, 8 Jan 2009, D'Arcy J.M. Cain wrote:

>> Some people suggests that this is so close to rst that I should just use
>> it as if it were, and hand-edit the output for the rare cases where it
>> doesn't comply.  I don't find this very compelling.
> The cases are so rare that I can't remember what they were if any. had 
Tom's concerns.  Since the ReST Grid Tables you're using is built with the 
characters "-", "=", "|", and "+", those would seem the minimum that would 
need to be escaped with a \, along with the \ itself, before this would be 
likely to work with arbitrary table input.

After spending some time assembling a list of special characters, I had an 
ah-ha moment when I realized they are all listed in the "Sections" section 
as "section title adornment characters":

! " # $ % & ' ( ) * + , - . / : ; < = > ? @ [ \ ] ^ _ ` { | } ~

Every markup character I found elsewhere shows up in this list, so that 
seems like the definitive one:  escape any character that appears there 
with a \, and I don't see any obvious cases left that will keep this from 
being valid ReST output.  Shouldn't be a lot of code to add that feature, 
and then I think most of the criticism of this patch would go away.

I also note that there are some bullet and arrow inputs it will treat as 
special, see "Bullet Lists" in
Seems reasonable to just document that non-ASCII input is somewhat 
perilious as a known limitation.

* Greg Smith gsmith(at)gregsmith(dot)com Baltimore, MD

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